Hitman: Blood Money

Game review by
Chris Jozefowicz, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Killer stealth action that's only for adults.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 18 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The hero is a hitman. Police can be bribed.

Violence

Lots of graphic murder. Shootings, stabbings, and explosives are just the beginning. Lots of creative killing with an assortment of weapons, from barbells to garroting wire.

Sex

Women are often presented in bikinis or other partial dress. Sexually suggestive situations, innuendo, and pornography figure into the plot.

Language

Rarely excessive, but players will hear swearing ("f--k") and racial name-calling ("cracker").

Consumerism

Part of a series.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking and smoking figure into the background in many levels. The narrative sometimes includes drug references.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game puts players in control of a hit man in a seedy world occupied by drug dealers, prostitutes, murderers, pornographers, mobsters, etc. The name of the game is murder, including lots of violence, such as shootings, strangulations, and immolations. The game does encourage players to spare innocents and keep the mayhem low. Still, the game features plenty of other adult material, including swearing, sexual themes, drinking and drug use, and story elements like child prostitution.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySnakeSnakeSnake October 16, 2015

The 007 of video games

The Hitman series is a lot like the James Bond franchise. The tone, the violence, the stereotypes, the sexualization, it's all the same really. If your kid... Continue reading
Parent Written byTheOneThatKnows March 3, 2014
This game is very good and I recommend it.
It has no stupid content in it like GTA 5 or saints row 3.
You can turn of graphic content.
Teen, 14 years old Written byGamersnews32 July 16, 2019

Though you assassinate targets in many, even creative ways, it's not that bad

Okay, okay. You do assassinate targets in many different and creative ways, in terms of blood and so, the game is moderate. You shoot with firearms(shotguns, as... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bySammTheKidd March 31, 2016
When i was 11 i started to play hitman, I started with this game, worked my way up to the older ones til absolution, It just really is not as bad as other peopl... Continue reading

What's it about?

In HITMAN: BLOOD MONEY, fourth installment in the Hitman series, players again assume the role of a cloned human named 47, an amoral gun-for-hire. Not only is he the hunter, but he's also the hunted, and players follow his adventures through a twisting plot filled with black humor as they discover who wants 47 dead. Across a dozen missions, players kill for money, stalking their prey through a variety of settings, from a Paris opera house to casinos in Las Vegas. The game is best enjoyed as a series of stealth puzzles: The highest achievements come to players who set up their kills to look like accidents, minimizing casualties and staying under the radar of the authorities.

Is it any good?

Mature players will find HITMAN: BLOOD MONEY to be a smart, consistently satisfying puzzler in action-game form. The excellence of the game lies in the level design. Each mission takes place in large environments populated by scores of characters, with multiple paths to the objective. The downside of this style of gameplay is that some levels take a lot of trial-and-error replaying.

The appeal of Blood Money rests on proven stealth dynamics and a solid, cinematic presentation. This is a prize pick for adult fans of the genre who don't mind the gritty subject matter.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the game's adult themes. Why do you think people like to play games that are so violent? Are violent games always bad for people, or can they be a safe fantasy? Parents: You might want to prepare yourself first by reading our report Violent Video Games and Our Kids.

Game details

  • Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 2
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Eidos Interactive
  • Release date: July 10, 2006
  • Genre: Third-Person Shooter
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood, Strong Language, Use of Drugs, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Intense Violence
  • Last updated: June 20, 2019

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